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iTunes Music Store Alternatives

if you have had any tech related conversation with me then you’d know that I am not a fan of the Apple iUniverse…I can respect their hustle, but that doesn’t mean I’m a fan. Here are a few alternatives to Apple’s music market (iTunes).

Burnt Toast and Tech for 111710

Good morning and welcome to Hump Day!!! Don’t worry half the week is over and done with and you only have 2 more days to go until the weekend. You can do it. So grab you cup of coffee and let’s cook up some tech.

 - So Hulu Plus, the streaming service that lets you watch tv on your Xbox, iPad, iPhone, PS3, Roku, and other devices, recently dropped it’s price from $9.99 to $7.99…is that going to be enough to grab more customers? I suggest that they get rid of some ads and add more content to the paid service…usually giving people more when they pay for stuff helps.

 - I’m very much into ways that I can cut cable out of my life. Here’s another set-top box, the Boxee Box reviewed by Engadget. In short, the review states they want to like it…but like Google TV it’s still not there yet.

 

^ A Browser Fight Between the iPad vs the BlackBerry PlayBook…this is awesomely cool ^

 - As stated yesterday, people can finally get the Beatles on iTunes. Apparently a lot of people already have because every Beatles album (including the Box Set) is in the iTunes Top 50.

Burnt Toast and Tech for 111610

^ It was all smiles for my wife and I before the game…only one of us was smiling on the way home ^

So I went to the Redskins game last night…if you watched the game then you probably know how I’m feeling. To top that off, my Fantasy Football team also lost which puts me back 2 games. Things were looking so well before Sunday night. Let’s get to some tech stories because unlike my football teams, tech news does not disappoint me.

 - One of the big stories of the day is that Facebook unveiled it’s new messaging service yesterday. Mark Zuckerberg claims, “It’s Not E-mail”, but more of a unified inbox. So no matter if someone texts you, e-mails you, of IMs you, it appears in your Messages inbox all categorized by person. It seems like a pretty novel idea…one that will be rolled out to it’s 500+ million users over time. So how many out there actually think they’ll use Facebook Messages now?  (Unless there’s a way to block out all the spam party announcements, then it will be useless to me)

 - The other big news story is from Apple. They stated yesterday that they were going to announce something that would change iTunes forever. I was hoping it was finally a streaming service. But alas, that was wishful thinking on my part. Apparently they plan to announce that the Beatles Catalog is Coming to iTunes. I’m sure some people are going to be excited by this (the people that didn’t already rip the albums into a digital format).

^Well look who has a Nexus S…I see you, Eric Schmidt (who talked up Android 2.3 and New Payment System) ^

 - Maybe having so many operating systems is a bad thing for the development of web applications? Or maybe we just need some standards that work on ALL of them…

[ The Fragmentation of Operating Systems… ]

 - And in developing news, it appears that AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon are all joining together to create a mobile phone payment system. They have it overseas, it might as well be available here. Now you can exclude wallet in that check-list of things you can’t leave the house without.

[ WSJ: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Working on Mobile Payment System ]